Today was supposed to be my first day filming Mnemosyne Technique, but unfortunately we didn’t to shoot. I met the director, Brett, and the actress playing my wife, Pooyah, at Starbucks. Brett gave us some cash so Pooyah and I could get lunch and get to know each other, and it gave the crew a little more time to get set up. Pooyah and I found a Shake Shack, which was a first for both of us, and had a blast getting to know each other.
When we arrived at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, where we were set to shoot, we hit a snag. Brett got clearance to shoot at the hotel a while ago, but when he showed up and started setting up the camera, someone came down to the cafe area and told him that we had to wait for him to get clearance someone someone on the national level. Apparently whoever gave Brett permission before didn’t have the authority to give permission. And obviously, shooting a scene in the cafe of a hotel in Brooklyn was pretty low on the priority list for anyone that might check the voicemail the hotel manager left. So we didn’t get to shoot. But that’s not what this post is about.
I got a text from my buddy Danny saying “dammit Kevin, are you available or not?” I had no idea what he was talking about until I remembered that I had an unheard voicemail from him. (I have the terrible habit of saying to myself “I’ll check it later.”)
Anyway, Danny is the bassist on the Ringling Bros Barnum and Bailey Gold Unit, and it turns out, they need a keys 2 sub for a few weeks! Months ago, thanks to Danny, I interviewed for the Keys 1 position, but after learning about the necessity to know synth programming, I told the conductor that I was pulling myself out of the race. I was pretty sure he’d find someone more qualified, since I have yet to program a keyboard. But apparently I made a pretty dandy impression, because Danny said that Robbie, the conductor, asked him to check in with me to see if I was available.
I just got off the phone with him, got some preliminary info, and now I’ve got to circle up with the conductor and chat a little more. And obviously, look at my schedule and see if there is any possible way to make it work, which usually seems unlikely. For some reason, though, I have a pretty good feeling about this!